Tzivos Hashem is running a worldwide competition for Jewish children to mark 30 years since the youth movement was established by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
“The Power of Jewish Children” will feature entries from children from around the world, who will compete for prizes totaling $30,000 cash and a trip to New York.
COLive.com is one of the major sponsors of the contest, which will be judged by a panel of judges and by public votes.
Entries may be in one of three categories:
Heart: A Chesed Award for an exceptional act of kindness for another.
Hand: A Performance Award for the best display of talent, such as a personally written story or poem, artwork, a comedy skit or playing a musical instrument.
Head: An Achievement Award for exceptional studies, researching and writing about something important or mastering a difficult concept.
COLlive is showcasing some of the entries:
Name: Menachem Mendel Kleinberg
School: Cheder Menachem, Moscow, Russia
Talent: I started learning music at age 5. I play violin, piano and keyboard and I use my musical talent for my shlichus.
Highlight: A few months ago I participated at the Moscow Children Music Competition (sponsored by the Kremlin) and won a first prize. Around 350 children participated there. I played the niggun “Hop kazak”. After the competition one of the jury members came over to me and said that he is also Jewish and that I touched his heart.
In another competition held just a month ago with 800 children, I won 3rd prize. There, I also played “Hop kazak.” After the competition a group of Jews from Russia and Israel came over to me and started asking different questions about Judaism.
They were surprised to hear that I learn in Cheder (some of them remember the word from their grandparents), and that I wear kippa and tzitzis all the time (they thought that this is my costume for this performance, because many children were wearing costumes).
They started asking me about my family and life style, and if it’s difficult to be a religious Jew in Russia. They also asked me about the niggun and I told them the story about Shpoller Zeide.
My video: This is me playing “Hop Kazak” at the International children music competition and playing “Rostover nigun” at a Bar-mitzva in our community.
Dream: I hope that Moshiach will come today and I’ll play in the Third Beis haMikdosh!